Canadian Thanksgiving.

I brought some maple leaves in from the tree outside to brighten up the table..

Some of us in Canada celebrate thanksgiving on Sunday and some on Monday… we get a holiday, all stores and businesses are closed except for gas stations and restaurants and hospitality pretty much. I decided to have our meal today. I LOVE putting in hours of prep work and enjoying a lovely, celebratory meal at the end of it…

Meatless loaf, tasted so good, full of protein and very tasty indeed..

Our Canadian thanksgiving meal was very similar to the christmas dinners we had when we lived in the UK (being british) except we had lashings of mashed potatoes instead of roast potatoes. Everything on my plate was pretty much what someone would have

A sunny thanksgiving

enjoyed for a really special meal, back in the 1940s. I cooked a very small ham for the children (there were urban pig clubs) but for myself, I wanted something very special, so tried a meatless meatloaf (being vegan) using mostly ingredients available during wartime (Ok except for tofu and soy sauce). It was just one of those occasions (and there has only been a handful of them in the past year), where I had to make an exception.

Jess and Cody

This vegan meatloaf was pretty amazing, my eldest daughter and her boyfriend had a slice and really liked it too. If you would like to try the recipe CLICK HERE. Note that it actually makes two medium sized meat loafs and is enough to feed about 12 people! Also note that you need to add an extra 20 minutes to the cooking times than specified in the recipe..

I served mine with wild thyme from the garden..

What we had

Main: Country style mashed potatoes, braised sprouts, roasted parsnips, baked ham in apple sauce, meatless meatloaf, garden peas, stuffing balls, bisto and vegetable gravy

Dessert: Apple pie and I made an avocado chocolate mousse using yes, avocados, cocoa powder, agave syrup and vanilla essence

11 thoughts on “Canadian Thanksgiving.

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! About 15 years ago, my mother and I ,inspired by the pictures in Canadian Living magazine and our memories of summers on Lake Erie near Dunnville began the tradition of having our Thanksgiving today, It seems a much nicer time of year for it, and several years we have enjoyed fresh produce from our home garden. Mom passed ten years ago now but I celebrate her birthday ( Oct. 7) by having my turkey day now. I enjoy reading your posts and your recipes. My grandmother’s churchgroup put out a recipe book puring the war they do not reflect rationing but do show what was home cooking at that time here in Buffalo NY….. happy to share if there is something you are seeking.

  2. I’ve been following your blog for ages and wishing you the very best. I know your blog isn’t focused on veganism but I wondered if you’re aware of the Vegan Month of Food (Vegan MOFO) blog festival that’s on through October, you’d be such a great addition!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving. Your table is beautiful dressed with the maple leaves and that meatloaf looks amazing – I too will have to try it for Christmas! Good wishes to you all.

  4. That recipe looks good. I’ll try it on our weekly vegan night. Well, it’s a vegetarian night but I’m dairy free so that makes it vegan.

  5. Thanks all xxxxxx The meatloaf is just lovely, the best recipe I’ve ever had in all the several years I’ve occasionally made one (often used to make meatless dishes when I was a meat eater too)…

    I will definitely make one for Christmas too.

    One tip- I found that my blender could not cope with mixing the sweet potato, tofu and other ingredients so I had to scoop it out and then put it in a bowl and use my hand stick blender and that worked really well.

    I have a really busy day ahead, am writing 10 short articles for someone in the UK and then immigration paperwork to finish (I’ll be in front of the computer ALL day!) but hoping to get back to the blog properly in a couple of days

    Thanks for everyones messages and can’t wait to catch up

    C xxxxxxxx

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Not only does your food look delicious but your table is just lovely. Warm wishes to you and yours this holiday season 🙂
    Sam x

  7. Thank you again for a recipe to try that I have been craving. I used to LOVE meatloaf when I was a kid, real comfort food, and this gives me a wonderful option.

  8. Although it doesn’t taste like meat (or try to taste like meat) it tastes really scrummy and looks like meatloaf when you slice it and makes wonderful sandwiches! I WILL be making this again for my Christmas dinner! xxxx

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